Federal help for man fined after rescuing bogged motorists
OUTGOING Federal Member for Hinkler Paul Neville will fight for good Samaritan Doug Waters who was fined for helping stranded motorists in the Burrum Coast National Park.
Mr Neville was shocked to hear Mr Waters had been fined $7500 for damaging the park while towing out bogged drivers.
He said Magistrate Graeme Tatnell was forced to impose a penalty.
"This is not a criticism of the bench," he said.
"It's a criticism of the silly sort of laws we have in Queensland."
Mr Neville said Mr Waters was simply helping strangers.
"It is distinctively un-Australian not to help a traveller in distress."
Mr Waters may also be required to pay the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing $15,000 for digging a hole on park land to fix washed-out roads.
The 71-year-old retired businessman was thankful for Mr Neville's support.
"Paul Neville is one guy that could really get things moving and show the stupidity," he said.
Mr Neville said he would pursue the matter and urged state members to do the same.
"I'm going to take the matter up with the Premier and the Minister (Steve Dickson) and I'm sure my state colleagues will as well."
Mr Waters is optimistic about the outcome.
Mr Waters has lived on a property in the heart of the Burrum Coast National Park for 25 years and, under the Queensland National Government in 1988, was given permission to maintain the isolated roads leading to his home.
The previous state Labor government cancelled that permission.